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Edsall sticking to original timetable for decision on starting QB


Edsall sticking to original timetable for decision on starting QB

COLLEGE PARK -- Maryland head coach Randy Edsall is still evaluating who he wants to start at quarterback in his team’s season opener against Richmond on Sept. 5 -- either fifth-year senior Caleb Rowe or Oklahoma State transfer Daxx Garman.

“We got time to be able to make a decision,” Edsall told the media Tuesday in College Park. “I always believe that the guys will determine what the decision is.”

He and his staff entered the week with a plan and it appears they will stick to it, evaluating the quarterback position and others through the week, including Saturday’s scrimmage before making a final decision.

That time will include one practice on Monday, two on Tuesday, one on Thursday, two on Friday, and Saturday’s open scrimmage.

“I don't want to make decisions too soon and I want the guys to decide who's going to be out there,” Edsall said generally of team-wide position battles.

“Because we'll get to a point where if they don't decide it based on what they're doing, then that's a call that myself and the coaches will have to make with that. That's why we're just kind of going through the things we need to do and moving some guys around and looking at them at certain positions.”

“Certain positions” doesn’t necessarily mean dramatic position shifts, but more rotating who takes reps with the first, second, and third teams.

Garman took snaps with the first team on Monday. Rowe was with the first team on Sunday. The third QB in the mix, Perry Hills, was with the first team during morning practice.

“It's just a matter of making sure that you're doing the right thing and just seeing all the things you need to do,” Edsall said.

“We don't play for two weeks, but it's like anything else. You'd like to see guys just jump ahead of other people and you know sometimes it's hard.

“Caleb hadn't practiced in the spring coming off that ACL. Daxx came in as a transfer and still trying to learn, get comfortable with everything and then Perry is there.”

Check back to CSN for more Monday at the conclusion of practice, including a full quarterback report and more from Edsall.

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Not the homecoming former Terp D.J. Moore was hoping for against the Redskins

Not the homecoming former Terp D.J. Moore was hoping for against the Redskins

Former Maryland Terrapin D.J. Moore made his first trip to FedEx field as an NFL star. His Carolina Panthers traveled up to Landover, Md. for a Week 6 matchup with the Washington Redskins.

However, it was not the homecoming he and the Panthers were hoping for. 

The first-round draft pick had two fumbles in the first half against the Redskins. Both were punch-outs due to Moore not holding the ball tight enough.

The wide receiver's first came as he fielded the Redskins' first punt of the afternoon.

The second being a fumble coming off of his first reception, punched out by Josh Norman, who had his best game as a Redskin.

Both plays had enough effort, probably too much. Moore was clearly trying to make something out of nothing and both times it cost him and the Panthers two key possessions on the road. 

First two touches, two fumbles. Not a good look. 

But in other Maryland Terps news, Vernon Davis did haul down the first touchdown of the game and Torrey Smith scored a late touchdown and converted the two-point conversion. 


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As one of the most penalized teams in college football, Maryland's penalty woes showed vs. Michigan

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As one of the most penalized teams in college football, Maryland's penalty woes showed vs. Michigan

On the field, it has been a season of ups and downs for the Maryland Terrapins. On Saturday, it became evident that the team's penalty issues are at epic proportions based on their loss to Michigan.

This season, Maryland is one of the most penalized teams in all of Division I football. 

No matter if the penalties are coming in wins or in losses, yellow flags have forced Maryland to dig themselves out of holes this season. Quickly these holes become insurmountable with the inconsistent offense the Terps have this season. 

Below is where they stand on the NCAA FBS Division I leaderboard:

  • Penalties per game (4th worst) - 9.8 penalties
  • Penalty yards per game (3rd worst) - 93.8 yards
  • 7 penalties per 100 plays (t-worst) 

This past Saturday against Michigan, their penalties were a significant factor in a loss for the first time this season. Twelve times the Terps were flagged, costing them 107 yards. 

The first major penalty was just after the Terps got a big kickoff return for a touchdown by Ty Johnson to give them an early 7-3 lead. Two scrimmage plays later, Darnell Savage got his second interception of the season on Michigan's side of the field with the upset in full swing. A holding penalty on the return pushed the Terps back to midfield where they would go three-and-out. 

That mistake, although minuscule at the time, cannot happen on the road against a top-25 opponent. A momentum-swinging play was diminished by the penalty and kept them from adding to their lead.  

The offense though was responsible for most of the dirty laundry on the field. Of their 12 penalties, half of them were on the offense. Five of those six were detrimental to their success. 

A holding penalty in the second quarter prevented the Terps from having the chance to answer Michigan's first touchdown of the game.

On the first drive of the second half for the Terps, three penalties in the first four plays pushed them back to a 4th-and-36. 

Although they converted a fourth-and-6 in the red zone, they got pushed back to that mark because of a false start the play prior. This was their first drive of the fourth where they were behind by three scores and desperately trying to come back.

In their Week 1 shocking upset over the ranked Texas Longhorns the team had eight penalties for 70 yards. This was the only game that their opponent committed more penalties.

The next week at Bowling Green (14 for 139 yards) was worse, at home vs. Temple (five penalties, 35 yards) and at Minnesota (10 penalties, 118 yards).

Currently, the team is sitting at 3-2 with a win over the No. 9 team in the country, Texas. Considering everything that has happened, and they are under interim head coach Matt Canada, they are rising above expectations. 

But by no means are there many confident in how the Terps have played this season. Mostly that is due to these penalties.